Many of you will have noticed the Thunderbolts site has gone through an upgrade. During the upgrading process it was decided to make a call for public funding of the Thunderbolts Project. Below I have reproduced a note from Dave Talbott which was published in a recent Thunderbolts Update newsletter.
This is a great opportunity for our forum members to put their hands up (and into their pockets...) and assist the Thunderbolts Project in the most practical way possible. We are constantly hearing "why don't they ... " and the simple answer to that query is that we don't have the funds to undertake many of the projects we'd like to.Dave Talbott wrote:
2008--YEAR OF THE "THUNDERBOLTS PROJECT" BREAKTHROUGH
There is no denying it. The Thunderbolts Project is now a global movement.
Individual visitors to Thunderbolts.info number in the tens of thousands each month. The scientific literacy of these visitors is exceptionally high, and a consistent pattern has emerged, verified by hundreds of comments. When newcomers compare the direct evidence for the Electric Universe to conventional interpretations of the same data, the conclusion becomes all too clear. We do indeed live in an electric universe.
Opportunities for increasing our public exposure are now developing faster than we can keep up with them. Scholarly and scientific liaison, film and video projects now in development, promising electrical experiments, an expanding website, and a growing number of enthusiasts who are newly educated on our subjects and helping to carry the message to other audiences.
Behind this wave of interest, an even larger number of newcomers are asking for the fastest path to education on the Electric Universe. We want to foster this process to the full extent possible.
Most of the work fueling the Thunderbolts Project has been voluntary, which means that every dollar of support we've received has been complemented by a growing volunteer effort. And we want to keep it that way.
Of course we receive no support from any governmental or conventional scientific institution. Independence of our research and publication activity is the backbone of our success, made possible by private contributions from a handful of supporters. Since the founding of the Thunderbolts Project several years ago, we have never solicited funds from the general public.
Nevertheless, as the movement grows, so will the need for new resources. It also happens that the Internet has emerged as a major source of voluntary contributions to various projects in the past few years. In fact we're now receiving queries wondering how to support the Thunderbolts Project. Therefore, to facilitate private support, we've put in place a convenient process for receiving contributions. See:
Please take a moment to determine whether one of the alternatives suggested will work for you. Based on the events of the past year, we believe that independent, private support can add considerably to our long term success.
Wishing all of you the best,
Click here to help suppoert The Thunderbolts Project. This link will take you straight to the thunderbolts "support us" page, from where you can decide how much you wish to contribute and how often. There's also several methods by which funds can be given, including check, credit card and PayPal.
Please note: The Thunderbolts Project is NOT a registered charity or a business and survives entirely on the generous private funding of supporters.
A hearty thanks goes to those who have already contributed and to those who have committed to ongoing support. This will help to secure a great future for the Project.
Cheers, Dave Smith.